The Most Common Issues Affecting Window Shutters

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Window shutters are one of the most hardy window treatment options. That being said, they’re not indestructible. Over time, everything from the louvres to the hardware within your shutter can start acting up or breaking.

But thanks to our on-site repair services, faulty shutters aren’t just something you have to put up with.

Problems with Plantation Shutters

Unless they experience some kind of damage, well-designed plantation shutters are generally very reliable. Nevertheless, they can start to fail for a couple common reasons. Here are a few problems that plantation shutters are prone to.

  • Louvres Won't Stay Open
  • Louvers Become Loose
  • Broken Magnets
  • Missing Magnets
  • Cracked or Broken Panels
  • Unsightly from Lack of Cleaning   

Read on for more details on each of these problems. 

“My louvres won’t stay open.”

This is arguably the most common problem shutter owners will face — sagging louvres. After years of tilting your louvres, you may find that they have a hard time staying open.

Fortunately, this problem is often easier and less expensive to solve than you may think. Most often, loose louvres are caused by a loose tension screw, which the experts at Bloomin' Blinds can easily tighten or replace.

“My magnets broke or fell out.”

Many shutters have magnets on their frame that help keep the panel closed to the frame. Over time, UV exposure can break down these magnets and cause them to fail. Most often, these magnets simply need to be replaced.

“One of my panels is cracked or broken.”

Cracked or splitting panels are usually the result of an accident, like a ball hitting into them, rather than normal wear and tear. But don’t worry — one broken panel doesn’t mean your entire treatment has to be replaced. We can order and install just one or two louvres as needed or possibly rebuild the entire panel.

“My shutters look dingy and worn out.”

While dirty shutters may not affect how they function, it’s certainly not something most homeowners want to spend their days looking at. If your shutters have seen brighter days, it’s time to give them a good scrub.

Ideally, you should be dusting your shutters every few days with a microfiber cloth — this will cut down on allergens in your house and keep you from having to do a deep clean every few months. But if your shutters are in need of stronger methods, try removing any excess dirt with a damp cloth and soap. And remember, if your blinds are natural wood, be sure to dry them right away. Your local Bloomin' Blinds can also provide this service for you. 

"I want to replace my shutters." 

Like all window coverings, shutters have a lifespan. Perhaps your shutters are out of style. Perhaps they've simply worn down with age. If you are upgrading your shutters, our team at Bloomin' Blinds provides shutter installation near you

At Bloomin' Blinds, our greatest priority is your comfort and satisfaction. That is why we offer a wide variety of motorized blinds, shutters, and shades to meet all your needs. Contact us today to find your nearest location!

Kevin Stuart About the Author: Kevin Stuart, Bloomin’ Blinds
Kevin has been a part of the Bloomin’ Blinds team since 2004. He is an expert in window covering repairs and has been known to finish even the hardest repair in 12 minutes and 26 seconds (the fastest Bloomin’ Blinds repair time yet). Kevin loves puzzles and values fixing things and bringing smiles to the faces of his clients.